Sept. 12, 2023
In response to rising levels of housing insecurity, the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services has created a digital housing assistance guide to help residents access critical resources at their convenience.
The guide can be found on the department’s web page.
It includes information about emergency shelters for community members facing homelessness and in need of temporary residential assistance, income-based and supportive housing opportunities, housing options for people with criminal records, and educational programming on eviction prevention and diversion.
“Housing insecurity is a significant challenge for our community – even for many people who are working full time, rent increases have made their current residence no longer affordable,” said Kiva Rogers, director of Social Services. “Once someone has an eviction on their record, they face additional barriers to securing housing and it becomes a perpetual cycle.
“We recognize that when residents are in crisis, they cannot wait to come into our office or call us during regular business hours to request assistance,” she added. “By putting this information on the website, we are enabling them to connect with resources when they need it most.”